A US jury will now decide whether Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ copied parts of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’, after a judge dismissed Sheeran’s call for the case to be dropped.
Speaking to press outside the mansion that the royalties from the song in question paid for, Sheeran defended himself, saying that he had never actually listened to any of Marvin Gaye’s songs, and had only ever heard of him through the grapevine.
Despite this, Judge Louis Stanton declared that he found ‘substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements’.
Ed Sheeran strenuously denies the claims, saying he would never copy the Motown legend in any way at all, and that his song ‘Ain’t nothing like the real thing’.
Further he added “Picket lines and picket signs, Don’t punish me with brutality, Talk to me, So you can see, Oh, what’s going on, what’s going on.”
Judge Stanton said the similarities between the two songs included their bass lines and percussion and said listeners might consider the songs’ “aesthetic appeal” to be similar.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Ed Sheeran argues that with only a finite number of musical notes available, it was a coincidence that some songs are going to sound the same, concluding with “mercy mercy me, when it comes to the lawsuit they’ve got to give it up”.
The action has been brought against Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records by the estate and heirs of the late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Gaye.
Ed Sheeran’s lawyer issued a statement yesterday saying that he was confident that the allegations would be fought and won, as there Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for the singer to climb over.